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An Abundance of Katherines

Green, John, 1977-

(Book - 2008)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An Abundance of Katherines
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Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
Publisher: New York : Speak, 2008
ISBN: 9780142412022
0142412023
9780142410707
0142410705
1435249925
9781435249929
Branch Call Number: FIC G
Characteristics: 227, 22 p. ; 21 cm.

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For young Colin, the only cure for heartache is a road trip with his best friend, Hassan.


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Nov 19, 2014
  • GhostWriterAt221B rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Definitely not at the level of Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns, but is still a completely worthwhile read. Lighthearted and comical, but still has the "deep" feel of John Green's usual material.

Oct 15, 2014
  • violet_jay_25 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

...no words...no words...
(as in, i'm in awe.)

An Abundance of Katherines is the second book by critically acclaimed author John Green. Jam packed with anagrams and footnotes, this novel stars Colin Singelton: a child-prodigy turned heartbroken mess. Distraught from recently being dumped by his girlfriend, Colin sets out on a road trip to clear his head and figure out why he has been faced with such bad luck. Because not only did Colin get dumped by one girl named Katherine, he’s been dumped consecutively by eighteen girls all named Katherine.
His search for some answers takes him to Gutshot, Tennesee where he steps completely out of his comfort zone by doing things such as embarking on a feral hog hunt, rooming with strangers who run a tampon string making factory, and learning how to really communicate with girls. During the course of this road trip, Colin hopes to predict the outcome of any future relationships he has by using his “Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability.”
Aside from being very humorous and quirky, like most of his works, John Green brings a mentally stimulating aspect to this book. Filled with many footnote facts and even a real “theorem,” this book is equally entertaining and brainy. The only one of John’s books narrated in the third person, we get a more personal look at John’s own writing style, rather than the style of the characters he portrays. All in all, this book shows the feeling of first (or eighteenth) loves, the pain of heartbreak, and the eventual feeling of acceptance. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun read and to any John Green fan not wanting to be disappointed.

Sep 03, 2014
  • mbssmith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was pretty good. I found it very relatable. I was very predictable, though.

I think that John Green is an overrated author. I struggled through this book, unfortunately, and although it was quite funny, I felt like Colin was a desperate person with no life. Sorry.

Aug 05, 2014
  • TOPGRADEMILK rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this novel is simple, cute and downright hilarious. i think i would consider this book somewhat educational? because there were a handful of facts here and there and it involved math.

Jul 15, 2014
  • Persassy rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Dear Colin,

Get a life.

Sincerely,
All the Katherines in the world

Jul 14, 2014
  • violet_elephant_757 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

i loved this book, it is almost as good as fault in our stars

Jul 03, 2014
  • Lizzy17 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I had high expectations for this book because I have adored others by John Green. However this was difficult to get into. I felt that the plot was slow and the characters were not super likable. Although the use of footnotes was creative, I found that they were often a nuisance. The final third of the book was the most enjoyable part. This was by no means a bad book, it just was not my favorite.

Jun 28, 2014
  • chrissysmiles268 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A cast of quirky, hilarious characters go on a road trip and discover new things about themselves and the people around them. Sounds cliched, but a truly endearing story

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Jul 14, 2014
  • violet_elephant_757 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jun 24, 2014
  • bellacrysler rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Mar 11, 2014
  • ElainaL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Feb 12, 2013
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Jan 29, 2013
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Mar 31, 2012
  • gvlee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Apr 04, 2011
  • Keep_On_Rockin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 20, 2011
  • unJoCo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 18, 2014
  • im_that_girl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”

"...she liked to take me for walks on the lakeeshore, where we'd watch the waves crashing against the rocks on the shoreline, and she said there was only one one metaphor, antd that the metaphor was water beating against rocks-because, she said, both the water and the rocks ended up worse off in the bargain, and then when she dumped me in the same coffee shop where we'd met three months before, she said she was the water and I was the rocks and we were just going to keep going at each other till there was nothing left of either of us-and when I pointed out that, really, water doesn't suffer any negative effects whatsoever from slowly eroding the rocks on the lakeshore, she allowed as to how that was true but dumped me anyway."

Aug 01, 2010
  • eyesonfire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"...how you matter is defined by the things that matter to you. You matter as much as the things that matter to you do." p.200

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Apr 04, 2011
  • Keep_On_Rockin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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